Kiwifruit claim plaintiffs seek damages

171012 News Photo: Laura McKoy/Cambridge Edition. Gold Kiwifruit supplies are running low as more kiwifruit orchards test positive for PSA-V. Photo: SUPPLIED

5:23 PM  The amount of damages sought is unspecified because it's not known how many growers and post-harvest operators will join.

Milk supply cut to hit GDP

Fonterra dairy factory

Economist predicts Fonterra's slashed milk production forecast will probably not cause a recession.

Farmer employs a soft touch

JERSEY DAYS:  Kathy Craw, Logan Bowler and dog Spy with jersey bull calves which they are selling in order to supplement their income during a low payout year.

A Marton couple have started from scratch.

Water crisis halts irrigation

Irrigated agriculture accounts for about 70 per cent of all freshwater used.

Major Marlborough water supply may be turned off on Monday, its earliest shutdown in nearly 50 years.

Breeders celebrate success

From left,  Jane Skittrup, Mitchell Vanner, Marianne Murphy, Eva Vanner, Christine Vanner, Paul Vanner, Hilary Vanner and  Kelsey Vanner at halter with champion cow Loch Raven Ace Rylee.

Taranaki jersey breeders Paul and Christine Vanner have had a show season to remember.

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opinion

Low milk price begins to pinch

BE CAREFUL: Local authorities are warning against drinking raw milk following the death of a toddler in Australia.

OPINION: The impact of the unexpectedly low milk price of $4.70/kg milk solids has hit like a tonne of bricks.

Stop putting boot into farmers over drought

OPINION: Assumptions about drought do not always ring true.

Alpine water would counter dry spell

Why doing things is bad

dairy

Fonterra's milk supply cut to hit GDP

Fonterra dairy factory

Economist predicts Fonterra's slashed milk production forecast will probably not cause a recession.

Glass half full for farmers

A dry summer has evaporated the amount of milk expected from dairy farms, but it could help low prices bounce back quicker, says expert.

Raw milk.

Lack of rain dries up milk supply

Farmers say South Canterbury's milk production will drop severely without rain in the next few weeks.

beef

Cows prepped for premier event

The first of the cows is prepared for the NZ Dairy Event at Manfield Stadium, Feilding.

Cows were primped for showing and sales at the opening day of the NZ Dairy Event.

Meat plants face stock surge

Meat processing plants are in over-drive as farms offload lambs and other livestock in dry conditions.

INJURED: Hawke’s Bay farmer Gary Quinn is in hospital after a cow kicked him and fractured both his legs.

'Spooked' cow breaks farmer's legs

Farmer takes little pleasure in knowing the 600kg beast that kicked him will soon be on a plate.

Sheep

Little flexibility in 'soft' lamb market

DRYING UP: The appetite of farmers to buy store lambs and put more weight on them for the prime market appears to be drying up as rain clouds skirt past parched Canterbury farmland.

Back-country lambs coming off the Canterbury hills are striking a softer market as grazing material for finishing them runs into short supply from the dry spell.

Shearer pulls pin on record video

Stacey Te Huia abandons his attempt to break shearing world record.

GROWING PROBLEM: Hundreds of sheep and lambs have gone missing from a remote Stratford farm.

Lamb prices weaker as dry weather bites

Lamb prices are sinking close to $5 a kg for farmers because of higher-than-normal slaughter rates.

cropping

Kiwifruit claim plaintiffs seek damages

171012 News Photo: Laura McKoy/Cambridge Edition. Gold Kiwifruit supplies are running low as more kiwifruit orchards test positive for PSA-V. Photo: SUPPLIED

5:23 PM  The amount of damages sought is unspecified because it's not known how many growers and post-harvest operators will join.

Water cuts could hit vineyards

Some grapegrowers could struggle to ripen their fruit if the Southern Valleys Irrigation Scheme is shut off on Thursday.

Apple orchard

Orchard fined $40,000

Matipo Orchards has been fined for potentially undermining New Zealand's apple industry.

agribusiness

Experience, care help after ending of theileria subsidy

Australia's annual production has been stagnant at about around 10 billion litres of milk a year for the past decade.

MPI's decision to stop subsidising the costs of lab testing cattle for theileria ikeda should not cause alarm for farmers, according to veterinary experts.

Facelift transforms Holden Colorado ute

Mid-summer is the time of the year to fully appreciate top-end double-cab utes.

Gordon Levet with some of his highly worm-resistant rams under testing for facial eczema tolerance.

Hot muggy weather means facial eczema will be on the rise

The hot muggy summer weather has sparked warnings from a Waikato veterinarian for farmers to begin preventative treatments for facial eczema.

Discovery

Mutual gains from project

Merino rams are inspected at Purple Mud Springs Stud near Shihezi, by Professors Runlin Ma (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Paul Kenyon, Hugh Blair, Steve Morris and Guoqing Shi (Xinjiang Academy of Agriculture and Reclamation Sciences).

New Zealand sheep research is being helped by Massey University's relationships in China.

Hard work targets emissions

Gases generated per unit of meat or milk produced on NZ farms has declined on average by about 1 per cent since at least 1990.

AgResearch rumen scientist Dr Sandra Kittelmann.

Rummaging in rumens

What's really in a rumen? It's probably something that most people haven't given much thought to.

rural women

Set for tough contest

Olivia Ross will be giving it her best shot when she competes in the Otago-Southland regional final of the Young Farmer Contest.

Rural women's champion honoured

A journalist who gave rural women a voice has been honoured for her services.

PINK BALES: Georgie Barnett (from Langsford Contractors) and farmer Jude Graham sit atop some of the bales.

Pink bales highlight breast cancer

Around the country, pink bundles have been appearing on paddocks.

Video

Sex shop divides shopkeepers

The opening of a sex shop in a Christchurch heritage street has caused friction among local shopkeepers.

advice

Dry weather boosts black beetle danger

PESTt: High populations of black beetles are starting to be seen on Waikato pastures.

Cold late spring weather stops black beetle populations but numbers could be on the increase as the dry sets in.

Farm succession needs to be addressed head-on

Business planning expert says creating a family company, not a trust, is the way to ensure a successful farm ownership succession.

Meyrick Hawkins and 7-year-old son Billy are windrowing a paddock of bok choy for seed in the Ladbrooks area of Canterbury.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

aquaculture

Chilean firm wins King Salmon deal

New Zealand King Salmon CEO Grant Rosewarne, right, said they had decided to go with a proven manufacturer when awarding a multimillion-dollar contract to a Chilean company.

Overseas company given multimillion-dollar contract for three new salmon farms.

Voyage from frozen to fresh

It sounds counter-intuitive but New Zealand's biggest seafood company is realising that adding value to fish is simple.

AMBITIOUS: Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch, who came to New Zealand just over a year ago, wants Sanford to become the best seafood company in the world.

Applying science to seafood

People always ask Volker Kuntzsch how he ended up becoming the chief of a listed company when he is "just a scientist".

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